The northern Philippines was shaken by over 400 aftershocks on Wednesday, just hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck provinces in the area and caused several injuries, according to local reports.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was centered 9 kilometers (5 miles) northwest of Lagayan town in Abra province at a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).
Marcos said the government would continue monitoring the situation amid the ongoing aftershocks and ensure that earthquake survivors in Abra have enough food and shelter.
In Batac city also in Ilocos Norte, patients were moved out of the province’s largest hospital after parts of the ceiling in the intensive care unit fell as the building swayed. Medical consultation services were temporarily suspended as engineers assessed damage to the building, officials said.
In the town of La Paz in Abra, a century-old Christian church was damaged, with parts of its belfry collapsing and some walls cracked, littering the church’s grassy yard with debris, officials said.
At least two towns in Cagayan province temporarily lost electricity due to damaged power lines. A number of bridges and roads in outlying provinces were damaged.
The Philippine archipelago lies on the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” a region along most of the Pacific Ocean rim where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur, making the Southeast Asian nation one of the world’s most disaster-prone.